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UKHCA Media Release

CQC fee increases - 30/03/2016

Responding to the publication of the fees that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will charge health and social care providers for regulation of care services, UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel said:

"The recognition by CQC and Government that CQC's fee increases for homecare providers should be implemented over four years (rather than two years), reduces the immediate impact of the massive fee increases that homecare providers face.

"Even over a four year period homecare providers face a significant increase in costs which they are unlikely to be able to pass on to local authority commissioners, who purchase the majority of care in England.
"UKHCA strongly supports the effective regulation of social care services, but providers continue to report inconsistent judgements being made by inspectors on the ground, and lengthy delays in the publication of inspection reports. CQC needs to do much more to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of its processes to justify the escalating costs of the regulatory regime it operates."


Notes for Editors

  1. Care Quality Commission fee announcement dated 24 March 2016: and fee information: :
  2. UKHCA consultation response and briefing paper for members, January 2016:
  3. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for nearly 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  4. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community. We do this by campaigning, and through leadership and support to social care providers.
  5. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at
  6. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum.
  7. Homecare encompasses provision of personal care, to people in their own homes. For many, homecare is the alternative of choice for people who would otherwise need to move into residential accommodation.
  8. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.
  9. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at
  10. A high resolution royalty-free image of Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, who is quoted in this release, is available from:
  11. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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